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How To Make The Perfect Indian Masala Chai | Tea

Indian Tea is a frothy, rich, milky, deep coloured, steaming hot, flavorful & sweet beverage. Brew this Desi masala chai at home using homemade chai masala.
Course beverage, Drinks
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Chai Masala

Chai

Instructions

Chai Masala

  • You can prepare this masala in advance and store it in an airtight container, then use as needed.
  • Add peppercorns, cloves, cardamon and cinnamon to a mixer grinder. Grind all the spices together into a fine or coarse texture.
  • Chai masala is now ready.

Chai

  • In a pan, add a2 milk, sugar, water, tea leaves and chai masala.
  • Bring to a boil over medium flame.
  • Add the grated ginger.
  • Lower the flame and continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes or until you see the color change to a darker shade and a thin layer of milk skin starts setting on top.
  • Strain the tea and serve it right away with some biscuits, toast or any tea-time snack.

Notes

Keep an eye on the milk when bringing it to a boil. Milk rises and may overflow the vessel if you're not paying attention. If the milk starts rising, take the vessel off the flame until it settles back down and then put the vessel back onto the flame.
The taste of Chai is based on preference. Some like more milk in it and some prefer it be more watery. 
You can add more or less chai masala as per your liking. 
To get the best  taste of masala chai, you have to simmer the milk until you see a thin layer of milk skin on top. This makes the chai kadak (means strong in Hindi).